Departamento de Estudios Graduados en Educación Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras

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Program Requirements for Master’s in Education in TESL and Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with sub-specialization in TESL

Application and admission requirements for Master of Education in TESL (MEd-TESL) – Plan A  

All applicants seeking admission to the Department of Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Education to obtain a Master’s Degree in TESL must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an application for admission at the following internet address:
  • Have an academic grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 in your undergraduate studies.
  • Mastery of English and Spanish
  • Submit 2 official transcripts of completion of a bachelor’s degree. Transcripts should be mailed to:
Sra. Wanda Rosario
Depto de Estudios Graduados
Facultad de Educación
SAN JUAN PR 00925-2528
  • Submit with your Application a Statement of Purpose written in English (via Application Portal)
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic and /or professional work (the Application Portal will send your recommenders an email and they will fill the recommendation form out online).
  • Complete an interview, either in person or via electronic means, with a member of the TESL faculty (after submitting the application you will be contacted to set up the interview).
  • Provide evidence of having taken two (2) courses in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics at the undergraduate or graduate level.
    1. This admission requirement can be waived if the applicant has at least two (2) years of experience teaching English as a second language.
    2. Students who do not have the required Linguistics/Applied Linguistics courses and do not have two years teaching experience may be granted conditional admission. If conditional admission is granted, the Linguistics/Applied Linguistics courses should be taken in the first semester of graduate studies and will not count as part of the required courses for the degree.

    Coordinator of TESL programs 

    Dr. Kevin S. Carroll


    Phone: 787-764-0000 ext. 89346

    Philosophy, vision, mission, goals, objectives and graduate profile (click)

    Coursework Requirements/ MEd-TESL – Plan A

    1. Professional component – TESL and Research Courses           12 credits

    EING 6565: Advanced Seminar: The Principles of Learning and Teaching English as a Second Language (3 crs.)

    EING6566: Seminar in Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation in the Secondary School English Program (3 crs.)

    EING6420: Advanced Methods for the Teaching of Oral English to Speakers of Other Languages (3 crs.)

    EDUC6509: Research Methods in Education   (3 credits)

    2. Directed Electives         9 credits

    Students Select Two courses EING 6570, 6575, 6577 AND take an additional 3 credits in a course related to Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, TESOL, Bilingual Education or another area related to the student’s area of research.

    EING 6570: Bilingual Education (3 crs.)

    EING6575: Methods for Teaching Grammar and Composition in Modern English: Techniques and Materials (3 crs.)

    EING6577: The Methodology of the Teaching of Contemporary English Literature: Principles, Methods and Contents (3 crs.)

    3. Free electives   – Any graduate course at the UPRRP campus     6  credits

    4. EING 6601 – Research Seminar and Project Course in TESL      3 credits   

    Total        30 Credits ( 10 Classes)

    Requirements for graduation (Med-TESL) Plan A

    To graduate with a Master’s Degree in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL), the student must:

    1. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
    2. Complete all requirements of the program within a five-year period.

    Doctoral degree (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Teaching English as a second language (TESL) – Plan C

    General requirements for admission

    In addition to the general requirements for admission to Graduate Studies at the Río Piedras Campus, applicants to the doctoral program in Education must:

    1. Possess a Master’s Degree or its equivalent, including a thesis or other work of creative nature that demonstrates competence for further graduate studies.
    2. Have graduated from the Master’s Degree program with a minimum academic grade point average of 3.00 in a scale of 4.00.
    3. Be fluent in Spanish and English
    4. Complete and submit an application for admission to the doctoral program at the following internet address:
    5. Submit two copies of official academic records from each university attended to the Department of Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Education.
    6. Complete an interview with the Admissions Committee after application is submitted.
    7. Submit two letters of recommendation from professors or persons who can attest to the applicant’s aptitude and potential for successful completion of the doctoral program.

    The admission is based on a composite index obtained after weighing the results of all of the criteria submitted and considered by the Admissions Committee. 

    Specific Requirements for admission

    All applicants must complete the following specific requirements:

    1. Hold a Master’s Degree with a major in ESL or 12 credits in ESL or English.
    2. Approve at least 3 credits in the area of curriculum and 3 credits in research.

    Coursework Requirements

    General professional component                                                                 15 credits
    Foundations of Education  / 6 credits
    Planning, Evaluation, Research, and Statistics / 9 credits
    Specialized Professional component                                                           15 credits
    Core curriculum                                                                                                6 credits
    Electives under Guidance                                                                                9 credits
    Free electives                                                                                                      3 credits
    Courses in sub-specialization                                                                        12 credits
    Dissertation                                                                                                         6 credits
    Total                                                                                                                    51 credits

    All forms and documents (excluding the Application for Admission) should be mailed or delivered to the following address:

    Department of Graduate Studies, College of Education
    University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus
    8 Ave. Universidad, Suite 801
    San Juan, PR 00925-2528

    The Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico neither excludes from participation, nor denies benefits to, nor discriminates against, any person for reason of age, race, sex, color, place of birth, social origin or condition, physical or psychological limitations, or political or religious belief.



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